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desperately needed. these are just some of the tens of thousands of americans when need health care but have no insurance or not enough of it, and they're lining up at a free makeshift clinic in los angeles, a short-term solution to a long-term problem. bill whitaker begins our coverage. >> reporter: people from all around los angeles have been lining up like this around the clock since monday. waiting, hoping to get medical care. >> follow the line. >> reporter: free medical care, some 1500 people a day, almost all working people, but it's just not enough, filing into the l.a. forum to see 443 doctors. >> you can see my finger? >> reporter: dentists, optometrists, all of these medical professionals volunteers all of these people in need. larry derst's disability check won't cover the glasses he needs. what would do you if this were not here? >> suffer.
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>> reporter: kenya smith needs a checkup for two weekend-old zoe. her insurance doesn't cover it. >> they wanted $1500 for copayments and that was a lot of money, i thought. >> reporter: anna garcia got in line tuesday for dental work. >> i have insurance through my employer. >> reporter: she works for orange county, has five children her husband out of work. the co-pay for three-year-old aisa's root canal, $1,000. >> couldn't afford it and i didn't want her to lose her teeth, so once i read about this i decided to take advantage of of it. >> i need a volunteer at seven, please. >> reporter: this program is run by remote area medical, a nonprofit group established 24 years ago to take modern immediate to the third world. today, they do some 40 multiday free clinics a year, 65% of them in the u.s. >> the need is all over the united states, just like this,
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wherever you go. there are about 49 million people that don't have access to the care they need. they simply can afford it. >> reporter: physician natalie 97ens has worked in villages in india and africa. >> here at home, we have as much a need as i do when i travel to the most remote areas of india, and that's very heartbreaking. most of these people work. they have jobs, but they work for small companies that can't afford to give them insurance. >> reporter: for doctors and painters here, the shouting over health care reform is incomprehensible. >> walk in my ses. try it a couple of weeks. you won't last. >> reporter: sutana green works for the city of long beach. she could be speak for every patient here. >> i have five children, and i'm a single mother. so for me, this was a blessing. >> reporter: now, katie, this has been going on all day. the doctors here are overwhelmed. they don't have enough volunteers to meet the need. now, they expect to serve more than 1,000 people a day through tuesday, and after they close down, they expect to send
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thousands more away unserved. katie. >> couric: bill whitaker in inglewood, california, bill, thank you. as tempers flare in the health care debate, both sides are employing everything in their arsenals to win over americans, and sharyl attkisson tells us they're using every medium possible to get out their message. >> reporter: in queens, new york our affiliate news crew was at first barred from the town hall with congressman anthony weaner. >> we're told by your people you don't want cameras. >> easy, take a deep breath. this isn't for channel 2. this is for our constituents. >> reporter: weaner finally let our cameras in and the now-familiar scene played out. >> you guys are stealing from us! >> reporter: a new gallup poll says more americans view angry attacks against the health care bill as democracy in action, rather than an abuse of democracy. and 34% say it makes them more sympathetic to the protesters' viewpoints. now, white house officials are scrambling to face this
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unexpected reality. today, they launched an e-mail campaign to refute what they call viral e-mails that fly unchecked, spreading all sorts of lies and distortion. many view the internet outreach as a sign the white house is growing increasingly concerned. >> reporter: doesn't the fact that you started pushing back indicate that you realize that the initiative is in trouble? >> well, one of the reasons we push back is because of the misconceptions. >> reporter: the proreform message is getting a boost from a well-funded coalition that includes political groups from the american medical association to the drug industry lobby group pharma. today, they launched a massive ad campaign that will spend $12 million in just the next few weeks. >> quality, affordable care. >> reporter: but will it be enough to counter the town hall outrage? >> you are talking down to the american people! >> reporter: former house speaker newt gingrich, a republican, says the key is what democratic leaders hear from their members in districts
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vulnerable in next year's elections. >> whether or not all of their swing members come back and say, you know, this is a suicide mission, then you'll see real change. >> reporter: president obama will have his second town hall meeting of the week tomorrow in montana set back on his heels but hoping soshift public opinion on his defining issue. katie. >> couric: one of the most contentious issues in the health care debate involves a proposal to provide end-of-life counseling to help patients decide what kind of medical treatment they want or need. the most extreme opponents have raised the specter of what they call death panels that would decide whether insurance would pay for end-of-life care. there is no such proposal, but the issue has become so divisive the president felt compelled to assure more thans this week that no know was going to-- as he pulled it-- pull the plug on grandma. kelly cobiella has more now on a subject most of us have difficulty talking about. dying.
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>>eporter: as the protests and the shouting continue in town halls on how end-of-life care would be changed by health care reform, quietly, away from the furor, molvin edwards and his life are planning for the last days of his life. have the doctors told you what your prognosis is? >> they can't do anything else? >> they said they did all they can do. >> reporter: molvin has bladder cancer which has spread to his bones. he did not want to die and chose home care through a hospice program. >> we had to make a decision because we don't know how long he's going to be. >> reporter: proponents of health care reform believe if more terminally ill patients are given end-of-life counseling they would be less likely to choose futile, expensive treatment. >> patients often get much more care than they actually want at the end of life. >> reporter: it's estimated that 27% of medicare's $327 billion budget is used by patients in
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last year of life. that makes end-of-life spending an attractive target for cost cutting. yet, the health care reform package that includes end-of-life counseling, paid for by the government, strikes some as inhumane and has proven politically toxic. the senate version of health care reform has cut it out. the house version stills that in. is too much money being spent on end-of-life care? >> unfortunately, yes. >> reporter: dr. carmine gianatiempo treats terminally ill patients every day. he says by time they get to the intensive care unit, it's too late for counseling. >> most of the time, the first time that the subject is actually brought up is when the patient is almost at the end of their life. >> reporter: some believe that when it comes to the terminally ill, more doctors need to stop prescribing and start communicating. >> we are not honoring patients and their families' own wishes. it turns out that if we did a better job of actually informing patients about what their
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choices are and then honoring their wishes, we would save money. >> reporter: and help more people like molvin and their families deal with dea on their terms. kelly cobiella, cbs news, patterson, new jersey. >> couric: turning now to the war in afghanistan. a fierce battle continued for a second day in the south. 500 u.s. marines and afghan soldiers took control today of the key taliban stronged hold in helmand province where major trade routes converge. lara logan is with the marines at camp bastian. >> reporter: they stormed into this taliban stronghold, and marines continued to battle militants, taking sporadic fire from every direction as troops ducked for cover. >> get down! >> all directions we took it from over there. we'll probably take it from over here. >> reporter: these marines are the first foreign troops to entertain town of dahaneg, and they're here to stay.
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they'ring about the roadside bombs that last month alone claimed 49 u.s. and nato lives. marines and afghan soldiers pushed through mud brick compounds. >> right now, the assessment would be that we've got pretty much on the ropes. he's confused, and the marines were able to make the advances where they need to. >> reporter: by tonight, senior marine officers told cbs news they've taken control of the town but it was not yet secure. that will take more time. the marine advance in dahaneh has been slowed at times by the new rules of engagement here. general stanley mcchrystal changed the rules to prevent mass casualties among afghan villages. he said all foreign took places have to use proportionate force and make protecting afghan civilians their top priority. not a single afghan civilian has been killed or wounded in spite of the fierce fighting.
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here they're escorting afghan civilians from their homes, directing them to safety. >> tell him that right now it is not safe for them to walk over there. they have it come with us. tell him the taliban has guns all over there. >> reporter: this elderly man almost got caught in the cross-fire after a warning shot he was searched and sent on his way. many of the 2,000 people who live here have fled. the marines will come back when the town is secure in time to vote in the presidential election next week. lara logan, cbs news, camp bastion, helmand. >> couric: coming up next right here on the cbs evening news, the number of americans drowning in debt is rising. saddled with homes worth less than their mortgage. if you're like a lot of people, you have high blood pressure...
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>> couric: the recession may be easing but the foreclosure crisis is getting worse. in fact, foreclosure filings rose by nearly a third in july las vegas led the way with 17,000, one in every 47 homes. it was one in every 62 in stockton, california, and in florida, one in every 64 housing units in the cape coral-fort myers area had received a
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foreclosure filing. meanwhile, ben tracy tells us as more and more americans are caughting in a mortgage squeeze, attitudes about home ownership are changing. >> a little sugar on top. >> reporter: scott shumaker and his fiance are right at home in the kitchen, even if it's one they're renting. the couple ignored their parents' advice and rented a luxury condo in los angeles for $3500 per month. >> they urged me the last four, five years, buy a house. buy a house. you know, you're wasting your money now. it will be such a good investment. i'm so glad i didn't listen to them. >> reporter: that's because more than one in four homeowners is under water, owing more than their house worth as home values continue to drop and adjustable rate mortgages reset, an astonishing half of all homeowners in this country are predicted to be under water by 2011. >> in the past, renters were considered somehow too immoral too, comtent, and too poor to open. it's as if they were demonized, but now as it turns out they
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brnt so stupid after all. >> reporter: yet, ever since world war ii, owning a home has been the american dream, encouraged by federal tax deductions. by 2005, 70% ofmericans owned their homes, a record high. but thanks to foreclosures and tighter lending practices, that's already dropped to 67%, and it is expected to fall to 63.5% by 2020, the lowest level since 1985. and for those still thinking about buying, don't expect a huge return on your investment. that's because historically, home appreciation averages just 1% over inflation. further evidence that our homes are no longer a.t.m.s, but rather places to live and raise a family. >> we need to get ourselves away from the idea that owning a home anywhere will generate profits for us eventually down the road. >> reporter: scott shumaker used the money he would have spent on a downpayment to jump start his new internet business. for him, rent is not a four-letter word. >> you know, i have a lifestyle
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and a place to live they really enjoy. and it's hard to put a price on that. >> reporter: the american dream redefined. ben tracy, cbs news, los angeles. >> couric: now, to the football star who shattered his own dream michael vick. he's out of prison after serving 18 months for running a dog fighting ring, but vick, who once signed a $130 million contract, is now deep in debt. and all but six teams say they won't sign the 29-year-old quarterback. in the first interview since his release, vick spoke with cbs sports anchor james brown for this sunday's "60 minutes." >> and the operation, michael, that you pleaded guilty to bank rolling, to being a part of, engaged in barbarous treatment of the animals, beating them, shooting them, electrocuting them, drowning them, horrific things, michael. what about the dogs? what about the dogs? >> it was wrong, j.b.
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and, you know, i feel-- you know i feel, you know, tremendous hurt behind what hpened. and, you know, i should have took the initiative to stop it all, you know, and i didn't. i didn't step up. i wasn't a leader. >> reporter: so for the cynics who will say, ", you know, what, i don't know. michael vick might be more concerned about the fact that his career was hurt than dogs were hurt." >> i don't-- i mean, football don't even matter. >> couric: you can watch all of james brown's interview with michael vick on "60 minutes" this sunday rightere on cbs. and coming up next, gender, date of birth-- the questions you'll soon have to answer to buy an airline ticket. eat reason for me to keep my bones strong but even with calcium, vitamin d, and exercise, i still got osteoporosis. i never thought i could do more than stop my bone loss. then my doctor told me i could, with once-monthly boniva.
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>> couric: since 9/11, we've all become used to take off our shoes, emptying our pockets and sometimes getting patted down at airport security, but starting saturday, air travel will get even more personal. 'll now have to provide our birth dates and our gender to book a flight. bob orr tells us why this may actually make travel easier and safer. >> reporter: it happens hundreds of times every day-- innocent passengers are stopped at airport checkpoints because their names happen to match one of the million-plus names on the terrorist watch list. senator edward kennedy. civil right advocate congressman
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john lewis. cbs news national security correspondent, david martin they are among those repeatedly held up by misidentifications. now the t.s.a. says a new program called secure flight will virtually eliminate those mistakes by requiring passengers to turn over additional personal information when they buy tickets. >> and by the data that we ask for, which, again, is the name, the date of birth, and gender-- secure flight will clear more than 99% of the travelers. >> reporter: for many passengers already taking off their shoes, unpacking their laptops and putting their toiletries in plastic bags, this latest securi requirement is no big deal. >> it doesn't bother me so much except for the fact i have to be reminded how old i really am when i don't feel that old. >> reporter: but privacy advocates see an overreaching big brother. >> it's part of a longtime expansion by the t.s.a. of the information that they collect about american travelers. >> reporter: the demand for birth dates and gender information is part of a larger shift that now has the government and not airlines in charge of checking passenger
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names against the watch list, a key recommendation of the 9/11 commission. bob orr cbs news, regan national airport. >> couric: and another note about air travel, and an all-you-can-fly offer today from jetblue. for $599, you can of you can fly wherever jetted blue flies as much as you want for one month starting on september 8. you must buy the pass by august 21 and book your tickets three days in advance. and coming up next, remembering the original guitar hero les paul. it's what doctors recommend most for headaches. for arthritis pain... in your hands... knees... and back. for little bodies with fevers.. and big bodies on high blood pressure medicine. tylenol works with your body...
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>> couric: and finally tonight, les paul, one of music's great innovators, died today in white plains, new york, of complications from pneumonia. he was norb. -- 94. paul had played his electric guitar on stage almost to the very end. and why not? he created the instrument. national correspondent jim axelrod looks back at the man and his music. >> reporter: les paul was a great guitarist and a genius inventor. he just didn't know which he liked better.
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>> just be able to put my name on an idea, and have it come true. there's a t of dreams come true in my lifetime. >> reporter: a big band guitarist in chicago in the 30s, les hit big when he teamed with bing crosby. >> bing calls up and says, "hey, les, tomorrow you want to record with me?" and i said, "sure, what time?" >> reporter: but it was another collaboration that made him a star. he married mary ford in 1949, and they had 28 hits in the next eight years. all along, he kept tinkering in his basement, and in 1941 came up with whate called "the log mp of the the first solid body electric guitar. the gibson-les paul guitar became the gold standard. paul mccartney, keith richards, pete townsend, joe walsh, they all played one. steve miller met les paul when he was five.
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♪ this here's the story about billy joe and bobby sue ♪ >> les taught me my first chords mary taught me some chords, and i was five years old just absorbed every bit it. >> reporter: miller kept playing with him until the end. catching up with him sometimes at les paul's regular monday night gigs in new york. >> i love to play, love to entertain, love to make people laugh. make them happy. that's what keeps me going. >> reporter: les paul may be silenced tonig at 94, but what he's left behind assures that rock 'n' roll never will be. jim axelrod, cbs news, new york. >> couric: and that is the cbs evening news. i'm katie couric. good night.
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this is "entertainment tonight" in high definition. a michael jackson propofol bombshell. the startling new accusation against dr. murray. plus, michael jackson's body moving from this marble tomb. >> i'll tell you what i uncovered about the family's reported new plan to bury the king of pop. when did they get those stories? >> the lost footage with michael with then-wife lisa. sthoet they don't really